Cyprus Mail

Christmas gifts for children who write to Santa

Julia and Andrey Dashin

By Bejay Browne

EVERY child in Cyprus who writes a letter to Santa Claus this year will receive a gift from the Andrey and Julia Dashin foundation in Limassol.

Children from all over the republic have until the middle of January to send a personal letter to Santa as part of the foundation’s new festive charity cause. They also have until Christmas to win the chance of Santa personally visiting their home.

“The Christmas season is the most magical time of the year, and the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation believe that every child deserves to be shown a special amount of kindness and happiness in the spirit of Christmas,” said Alina Nabieva from the foundation.

“The ‘Letter to Santa Claus’ initiative aims to help parents create a special atmosphere for their child.”

Every child who sends a hand written letter to Santa will receive a special gift .The foundation will try and give the gifts which have been requested, unless it’s something intangible, such as health or prosperity. Expensive gifts such as iPads will not be gifted either. Instead a suitable gift will be chosen.
“In the event that the request cannot be met, the foundation will provide a replacement gift at its discretion,” she said.

The initiative is open to all children in Cyprus – and not just for those from low income families – as a way of rewarding their courage in contacting Santa. The letters should be addressed to Santa Claus, via the foundation. (see address below).

‘Letter to Santa’ is open to children of all school and pre-school ages – obviously youngsters may get help to write a letter from their parents or siblings if needed.

The letter must be accompanied by parental or guardian’s consent. This can be done via a signed application form found at the link is below.

The grand prize winners of the letter writing competition will also receive a visit from Santa at home – this initiative is called ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ – along with their requested present. This part of the competition will close on December 27.

The requests to Santa Claus will be evaluated by the foundation and gifts will be sent to the recipients between: 22-24 December, 29-31 December, 5-7 January 2015 and 12-14 January 2015.

The foundation said that the most touching, honest and heartfelt letters and illustrations will be considered for the winning prize of ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. Winners of the best letter to Santa will be announced on the foundation’s website between December 19-24.

Parents of children mentioned on the website should contact the foundation and Santa will then pay a visit to the child’s residence between December 22 and 26.

The foundation will also provide another treat as part of the charity festivities at New Year. Children of struggling families living in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos will receive an invitation to attend a charity movie show at their nearest K Cineplex cinema. This will include two free tickets – one for the child and one for the parent, guardian or supervisor.

“We really hope that this charity campaign will become a success and we will be able to help children in need; many of who are waiting for a Christmas surprise this year,” said Nabieva.

The Limassol based foundation was set up in April this year and officially launched in May, by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Dashin and his wife Julia.
Dashin is founder of one of the world’s leading forex brokers, Alpari. He is also a committed philanthropist.

All letters to Santa Claus may be sent to: 35, Lamprou Konstantara, Kato Polemidia, 4156, Limassol
Email: [email protected] Tel: 25-246120 Fax: 25-246220
Letter to Santa application form:

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